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Last week, schools across the country were once again filled with eager students- both fresh and familiar faces. It’s a bittersweet time for children as they say hello to old friends and goodbye to the freedom of summer and back to daily classroom and study routines. For most families, it’s a relief to know their kids are guaranteed at least one meal a day.

Nutrition is key for a child’s education. Students who live in food insecure households are at an a disadvantage both academically and physically compared to their food secured peers. This is true for everyone but is especially crucial for children and their development.

According to Feeding America, in 2012, 49.0 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.

The Salvation Army recognizes the severity of this issue and works to fights food insecurity and help families meet this basic need, and support healthy children in the classroom. One example of how we do this is our food pantries- which provide groceries for individuals and families in need and are essential to battling food insecurity.

But we need your help to fill our food banks!

If you’d like to donate a bag of nonperishable foods to your local Salvation Army food pantry, check out our main website for a list of locations near you:  www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Can’t get to the store? For monetary donations and other ways to give, visit: www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

Learn more about The Salvation Army here.

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Back-to-School Supplies: How to Give or Receive

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Time is ticking for kids to enjoy the end of their summer break as calendars turn into August, and stress levels can rise as back-to-school activities beckon to millions of families nationwide.

Parents will soon be scavenging the store aisles to grab the school supply items requested by that oh-so-specific new teacher, but amid the hustle and bustle of nabbing deals and buying new clothes is an often overlooked reality: many kids are without these basic back-to-school necessities.

Obtaining the necessary supplies – which range from clothing to calculators – can be a costly feat: the average family will spend $670 this year on supplies and clothing. The biggest cost for back-to-school shoppers? Apparel and accessories, followed by electronics.

That’s why each year The Salvation Army coordinates back-to-school events and distributions for families in need of a helping hand. From collecting supplies from local donors and partnering businesses, to stuffing backpacks and coordinating events, The Salvation Army relies on the hearts and hands of supporters and volunteers to make these events possible.

Join Us!

You may feel as if your family is on the brink stressful school year, so why not relish these last days of summer vacation by volunteering together? Many locations of The Salvation Army rely on volunteers to coordinate back-to-school events and hand out supplies. Contact your local Salvation Army for opportunities today by entering your zip code at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Don’t have the time to volunteer? The next time you’re at Target or Walmart, grab some extra school supplies for local kids in need and drop them off at a Salvation Army near you.

Some commonly needed items include backpacks, pencils, erasers, pencil boxes, pens, colored pencils, highlighters, rulers, scissors, gluesticks, glue, folders, notebooks, folders, crayons, and markers.

Looking for Assistance?

We have received many questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages about how to sign up for back-to-school assistance. Many locations are holding events throughout August, so the sooner you contact your local Salvation Army to request assistance, the better. Find a list of locations by entering your city or zip code in the “Find A Location” section in the top right of this page.

Posted by Megan Gandee on Monday, August 4, 2014

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Looking for Back to School Assistance?

We have received many questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages about how to sign up for back-to-school assistance. Click Here to find out More!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Collects 10,000 Back-to-School Items for Students in Need

School is in full gear, and so are thousands of kids thanks to Krispy Kreme’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign which provided backpacks and school supplies to hundreds of children from low-income families across the country.

Throughout the months of August and September, participating locations collected supplies donations from their communities in exchange for a free Original Glazed Doughnut; an alluring incentive, if you’ve ever tried one. The supplies were distributed via The Salvation Army.

Annual school shopping can be an expensive feat, so we’re thankful for the supporters who stepped up to donate approximately 10,000 items for American families in need.

A huge thanks to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for their generous support of The Salvation Army’s back-to-school programs.

Krispy Kreme employees in Louisville, KY


Sorting through donations at The Salvation Army in Akron, OH


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Posted by Megan on Thursday, September 26, 2013 ·

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A Huge Thanks to Target from Students in Oklahoma & Arkansas

In partnership with The Salvation Army, Target is providing a memorable back-to-school shopping experience that equips children in need with all the essentials for a successful academic year. And the campaign, which awarded 12,000 children, affiliated with Salvation Army youth programs, with $80 gift cards to shop for clothing and supplies with the help of a designated chaperon, is doing more than filling backpacks.

Our back-to-school program with Target provides emotional encouragement for families in need. These kids are getting jazzed for the school year ahead while parents are relieved of the rising costs associated with the annual shopping tradition.

Want to support The Salvation Army’s back-to-school programs? Find your local Salvation Army here. 
With the help of volunteers, students from Norman, OK checked off their teacher’s lists by picking out supplies – and their favorite clothes – courtesy of Target’s generosity.

Check out this touching video from The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, and help us say “Thank You” to Target by ‘Liking’ and commenting on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/target).